According to the College Board, students testing in Spring of 2016 will experience a very different SAT. There are “Eight Key Changes” to the new SAT. These changes as relevant to Language Arts are:
- Relevant Words in Context-Focusing on words and the meanings in which words are used.
- Command of Excellence-Determine a student’s ability to interpret, synthesize and use evidence in a wide range or sources.
- Essay Analyzing a Source-After reading a passage, a student will explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience.
- Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts-Evidence based reading and writing section that includes literary and non-fiction reading.
- Analysis in Science and in History/Social Studies-Students will need to make sense of recent discoveries, political developments, global events, and health and environmental issues.
See the link below for more information:
Try this! SAT Question of the Day
In order for students to be engaged in learning content, students should experience a variety of instructional strategies. By varying the content, process and product teachers can differentiate instruction. Teachers might consider the following instructional strategies:
Timeline-If you have two minutes…you have time for Timeline!
From memory alone-15 secondsFrom notes – 15 seconds
- Create a timeline of topics covered today
With a partner 15 seconds
With the group – 30 seconds
Share out – 45 seconds
- Observe how much students remember and can use notes
- Determine key concepts that might have been lost or “gone missing” during the Timeline activity
- Use the timeline as a bridge to the following day class activity as a Do Now.
Here is a great website for creating a variety of graphic organizers. You might want to check out the Pyramid of Intervention for even more great instructional strategies.
Please feel free to view the video below on The Workshop Model for Differentiation in a middle school lanuage arts class:
Consider the following questions as you view:
- In what ways does this lesson illustrate differentiated instruction?
- How does the Workshop Model help the teacher address his students’ various learning needs?
- How can this model and strategies link to your instruction or a lesson for next week?
This site is particularly useful when showing concepts or ideas connected to literature or non-fiction information. Check it out!
Click below to see latest activities from the Read Think Write site supported by the National Council of the Teachers of English.
As we differentiate student learning, we must continue to provide a variety of resources. See the links and resources below that may guide your lesson planning:
See the attached handouts and materials from the Differentiated Instruction Workshop
Please see below the resources that you may find useful for understanding how the Common Core links to the PARCC assessment. You may also want to check out the PARCConline.org site for even more resources!
Research Paper Guidelines
Please see below the newly revised and board adopted Research Paper Guidelines. This document will be referenced throughout the next school year by all staff at the middle school and high school. All students in all subject areas will be expected to use these same guidelines. Thank you to all who have contributed to this project! Click the link below for the Jefferson Township Research Guidelines.